Episode 76: Judith Hanson Lasater

On the core of communication, and some myths we can release.

  • Approaching yoga poses with questions rather than rules [1:50]
  • Non-violent communication. Connecting with ourselves. Recognizing mutuality [8:33]
  • Communicating as a parent [17:36]
  • Trust. Telling the truth with empathy. Saying no while staying in connection [22:37]
  • Self-empathy practice [27:24]
  • A common yoga myth about the pelvis in seated twists [32:44]
  • Body leading, mind following [40:36]
  • Sweet Body poem reading [43:22]

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, YACEP®, has taught yoga around the world since 1971. She is a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA, as well as the Yoga Journal magazine which is published in a number of countries. Ms. Lasater frequently trains teachers in virtually every state of the union and is often an invited guest at international yoga conventions. She is president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers’ Association as well as the author of numerous articles on yoga and health for nationally recognized magazines.

She was featured in Self Magazine in1998 as one of the outstanding yoga teachers in the U.S. In 2000, she was selected by Yoga Journal Magazine as one of the outstanding yoga teachers shaping yoga practice in America today. She was selected by Natural Health magazine, on the occasion of their 40th anniversary, as one of the five people in the USA who has had the most influence on natural health in America during those 40 years. In 2015, Yoga Journal Magazine selected her as “Editor’s Choice for the most influential yoga teacher in the USA in the last 40 years.

She is the author of ten books, including: Yoga Myths: What You Need to Learn and Unlearn to Stay Safe and Happy on Your Yoga Mat (2020) Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation (2017, What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication (2009),YogaBody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana (2009), A Year of Living Your Yoga (2006), Yoga Abs (2005), Yoga for Pregnancy: What Every Mom-to-Be Needs to Know (2004), 30 Essential Yoga Poses: for beginning students and their teachers (2003), Living Your Yoga: finding the spiritual in everyday life (2000), and Relax and Renew: restful yoga for stressful times (1995), and Living Your Yoga: finding the spiritual in everyday life (2000).


Poems by Judith
Yoga Myths, Judith Hanson Lasater
What We Say Matters, Judith Hanson Lasater and Ike K Lasater
Restore and Rebalance, Judith Hanson Lasater
Nonviolent Communication, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Lying, Sam Harris

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